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A location on the top floor of the superbly transformed Ashmolean Museum ensures that this eatery gets its full quota of tourists, academics & students. Plate glass windows let in plenty of
light & there’s a terrace with rooftop views, plus a lawn with deckchairs for some really classy alfresco eating & drinking. Inside it’s smart, snappy & convivial, with a winning
formula of keenly priced sharing platters plus large & small plates taking in French bistro staples (grilled minute steak with pommes frites), Italian classics (risotto, linguine al pesto,
melanzane parmigiana, osso bucco) & a few Spanish dishes thrown in for good measure. Meals end well – if desserts such as superb fig & frangipane tart or chocolate & espresso mousse are
anything to go by. A perky wine list & efficient staff seal the deal.
I was going to begin this review with some thoughts on being a provincial food blogger: given that most Oxford restaurants charge less than their London equivalents, should we expect lower quality, or at least less finesse? Or does good food come at a more reasonable price outside the capital? I thought that the restaurant at the Ashmolean, which after its high-profile opening in 2009 was hailed as a significant new addition to the Oxford dining scene and reviewed in most national newspapers, would be an ideal testing-ground for my theories. Unfortunately, though, my experience there was disappointing by any standards.Read...
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